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After Paris: the Grief-Shaming. ‘United States of Europe’ 17 Nov. 2015

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Category: Blog

This week on ‘United States of Europe’ – How NOT to politicize terror attacks.

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Friday the 13th, France suffered its worst terror attack ever. And inevitably some people will politicize the tragedy, after a period of shock, grief and mourning. BUT then some folks said ‘Why Wait!?’

This week’s theme is: ‘I don’t want to politicize this tragedy. BUT…’
From the makers of: ‘I don’t want to be racist, BUT…’ and the results are just as painful.

In the US, Ann Coulter waited almost no time to tweet this:
‘Can we all agree now? No more Muslim immigration.’

Republican candidate Ted Cruz waited almost no time to argue for more tolerance – specifically more tolerance for civilian casualties in Syria.

And everyone was wondering who’d be the first Republican to say Parisians should have had been armed. This time it was Donald Trump: ‘If those people had had guns, it would have been a much, much different outcome.’

Meanwhile, in France: Right-Wing darling Marine LePen took the high road and said she was suspending her campaign. And one minute later she sent a tweet about ‘TerrorismeIslamiste.’ And another about how Islam is terrorism. And another about how France should close all the borders.

So from the US to the EU, many took the opportunity to blame Islam. Even though the majority of Islam condemned the attacks. There were so many headlines and tweets that the #NotinMyName movement started trending.

Indeed, the ISIS death cult has been compared to the KuKluxKlan of Islam. And – as Muslims condemn ISIS – I’d like to take the opportunity, as an American, to condemn the KKK. (Granted it’s not very funny, and this is a ‘humor piece.’ So – as a member of the entertainment industry -I’d like to apologize for Justin Bieber. And since I’m from Chicago. I’d like to apologize for Kanye.)

AND the theme ‘I don’t want to politicize this tragedy, but…’ wasn’t JUST for the Right-wing. Then there was: Politically Correct Grief-Shaming!

Of course many people put the ‘Paris candle’ on their social media.

But, of course, just 36 hours before the Paris attacks, there were similarly awful ISIS suicide bombings in Beirut. And of course not a lot of European media reported it.
But that’s no reason to guilt-trip for people who didn’t hear about it!

And then came the grief escalation. The ‘Paris candle’ became the ‘Paris, Beirut’ candle.
Next came the ‘Paris, Beirut, Iraq’ candle.
Next came the ‘Paris, Beirut, Iraq, Syria’ candle.
And I even saw a Paris, Beirut, Iraq, Syria, Humanity’ candle. It’s about everybody (hence nobody).

And while many people changed their profile pic to the French flag, some refused – to prove a point. And they shouted down those who did:
‘I’m not changing my profile pic because of Beirut.’
‘I’m not changing because of the refugees.’
‘I’m not changing because I don’t look good in stripes.’

Grief-shaming. After a tragedy, the logic becomes ‘I don’t want to make this about me, BUT… I do hope my Facebook post gets more likes than the death toll.’

Tune in next time for the G20 Summit in Turkey. The world is declaring war on someone, we just can’t decide what the hell their name is.

text by Shapiro, Daniel Hillel-Tuch, Jeremy Forster, Felix Heezemans.